Mindfulness and Lawyer Well-Being @ Online
Jan 24 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Dr. Thomas Telfer (Western)

Mindfulness and Lawyer Well-Being

The Faculty of Law’s Office of the Associate Dean (JD Program) will be hosting a talk on “Mindfulness and Lawyer Well-Being” with guest speaker, Prof. Thomas GW Telfer of Western University, on January 24th at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Please register with this form.

Robson Hall’s 1L class may remember Professor Telfer as he gave a similar talk as part of Orientation. This talk will be open to the entire Robson Hall community of faculty, staff, and all students in the JD, LLM and MHR programs, in addition to Faculty alumni and members of the Manitoba Legal profession.

Let’s Talk

The Faculty is pleased to present this special event as part of the University of Manitoba’s “Let’s Talk” week to raise awareness of the importance of addressing and acknowledging mental health.

About Dr. Thomas Telfer

Dr. Thomas Telfer is a Professor at Western University, Faculty of Law in London, ON Canada. He has published widely in the fields of bankruptcy and legal history.

Professor Telfer also has an interest in mindfulness education. In 2017, he introduced a highly successful non-credit mindfulness course to first year Western Law students and the following year he received the Leadership in Wellness Award of Recognition which recognizes Western faculty members who promote the mental health of their students.

For the past three years, Professor Telfer has offered Mindfulness and the Legal Profession as an upper year academic credit course at Western Law.

He is a frequent speaker on mindfulness and mental health. Professor Telfer has facilitated mindfulness workshops for lawyers, doctors, judges, professors and students. He has led mindfulness seminars for the Law Societies of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Legal Education Society of Alberta. Stories about his mindfulness work have appeared in Canadian Lawyer, on podcasts and on CBC Radio.

MLSA’s Professional Development Committee presents: Small/Mid-Sized Firm & In-House Counsel Panel @ Online
Jan 24 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Please join the MLSA’s Professional Development Committee for a Small/Mid-Sized Firm & In-House Counsel Panel on Jan. 24, 2022 from 12 – 1pm on Zoom.

The panel features Danelle Rougeau Suchuy, In-House Counsel at Ceridian, Maria Mitousis, Partner at Mitousis Lemieux Howard, and Brent Kaneski, Partner at BD Oakes LLP.

Please RSVP to Alexis Alevizos, MLSA’s VP External, for the Zoom link and more info.

Prairie Diversity Networking Event @ Online
Jan 24 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

On behalf of the Prairie Diversity Committee, we are pleased to invite you to participate in our inaugural legal diversity initiative!

This is an information-gathering event that aims to provide students an opportunity to learn more about firms across the Prairies, particularly about how firms will be handling matters concerning equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Firms in attendance include:
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Borden Ladner Gervais
McCarthy Tétrault
Miller Thomson
MLT Aikins
Stikeman Elliott
Whitelaw Twining

The event will be hosted online on the Gathertown platform. Meeting link and instructions to come closer to the date. Limited tickets are available. Ticket sales close on Monday, January 24, 2022, at 3 pm MT. Please feel free to reach out to us should any questions or concerns arise. Our email is

The Prairie Diversity Committee is comprised of racialized law students from the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Manitoba. Together, our committee members represent the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Diversity and Law Society, Indigenous Law Students’ Association, Black Law Students’ Association, and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association.

For more information, please contact Celyna Yu at

Desautels Lecture Series Presents: Matthew Bellamy on “Family Firm to Managerial Enterprise: Three Generations of Labatts and the Bootlegging Manager-Entrepreneur who saved the Brewery from Prohibition.”
Jan 25 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The very first lecture in the Desautels Lecture series will be conducted by Professor Matthew Bellamy of the Carleton University’s Department of History.

Talk Title: “Family Firm to Managerial Enterprise: Three Generations of Labatts and the Bootlegging Manager-Entrepreneur Who Saved the Brewery from Prohibition.”

Cover of book, Brewed in the North: A History of Labatt's by Matthew J. BellamyThe lecture will consider the nature of family relationships at Labatt’s. Did the family business experience a Buddenbrooks effect? How did the entrepreneurial skills of one generation of Labatts compare to those of another, and those of Edmund Burke, the general manager of the brewery during prohibition? What values did the founder of the company, John Kinder Labatt, establish to guide the business over time? Were these values dangerous path dependents that trapped his heirs in the cage of tradition? How did the brewery survive prohibition?

This event will take place virtually, over Zoom.

Matthew J. Bellamy is an associate professor of history at Carleton University. He specializes in Canadian business, political and cultural history. He is the author of Profiting the Crown: Canada’s Polymer Corporation, 1942-1990, for which he received the 2006 National Business Book Award.  His latest research has taken him into the realm of brewing history. His book Brewed in the North: A History of Labatt’s was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. Professor Bellamy contends that no industry is more revealing about culture, history and attitudes.

Register for this event.

The Desautels Research Lecture Series brings noted scholars to the Centre to speak on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of private enterprise, law and the humanities. The lecture series is intended to showcase the power of multidisciplinary approaches to understanding businesses.

Runnymede Society presents: The Life and Times of Chief Justice Brian Dickson @ Online
Jan 27 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

The Runnymede Society is pleased to present “The Life and Times of Chief Justice Brian Dickson,” featuring guest lecturer Mr. Justice Robert Sharpe.

This event will take place virtually on Thursday, January 27th from 12:00 to 1:30 PM CST.

Please contact Jordan Sinder in the contact above for more info. Watch for an email invitation to the Robson Hall Community with accompanying Zoom link coming next week.

Last day for Course Revisions (Winter)
Jan 31 all-day

January 31st, 2022 is the last day for course revisions (Winter).

Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents: Dr. Helen Duffy (Leiden University)
Feb 1 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series is pleased to welcome Dr. Helen Duffy of Leiden University, Professor of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

Please Register for this event here:


About Dr. Helen Duffy

Dr. Duffy is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow (LLB), University College London (LLM), Edinburgh (Dip.LP) and Leiden (PhD). She is Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow, and visiting professor at the University of Melbourne and American University. She has published prolifically on international law and practice and her current areas of research include human rights litigation,  the interplay of human rights and humanitarian law and several issues related to counter-terrorism, human rights and the rule of law.

Since January 2015 she has been the Gieskes Chair of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. This chair is funded by the Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds.

Dr. Duffy runs ‘Human Rights in Practice,’ an international practice based in the Hague that specializes in strategic litigation before regional and international human rights courts and bodies ( She held a variety of international legal positions prior to establishing her practice in 2011 including: Legal Director of INTERIGHTS, Legal Officer in the Prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Counsel to Human Rights Watch/New York, Legal Director of the Centre for Human Rights Legal Action (Guatemala), Legal Adviser to the UK ‘Arms for Iraq’ Inquiry and Legal Officer in the UK government legal service.


MLSA presents: Scotiabank Line of Credit Presentation @ Virtual
Feb 2 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

MLSA sponsor, Scotiabank, will present their line of credit program to 1L students. They gave a similar presentation in the fall and it had positive feedback, so they are doing another one for winter. To register, contact MLSA VP External Alexis Alevizos and watch your inboxes for more info.

Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents: Dr. Darcy Lindberg (UVic Law) @ Virtual
Feb 3 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents: Dr. Darcy Lindberg (UVic Law) @ Virtual

The Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents Dr. Darcy Lindberg from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law.

The title of Dr. Lindberg’s talk is “Promises to Keep: Cree Treaties, Cree Ceremonies, and Pathways to a Shared Constitution.”

About Dr. Darcy Lindberg

Darcy Lindberg is mixed-rooted Plains Cree, with his family coming from maskwâcîs (Samson Cree Nation) in Alberta and the Battleford-area in Saskatchewan. He holds a BA from the University of Alberta, and a JD, LLM and PhD from UVic. He has taught courses at the University of Alberta on constitutional law, Indigenous legal traditions, treaties, and Indigenous environmental legal orders.

Darcy was called to the British Columbia and Yukon bars in 2014, and practiced in the Yukon Territory with Davis LLP.  His research focuses on nêhiyaw law, ecological governance through Indigenous legal orders, gender and Indigenous ceremonies, comparative approaches in nêhiyaw and Canadian constitutionalism, and Indigenous treaty making. In 2021-22, he will be teaching one of the field schools in the JD/JID program.


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Mental Health Court Speakers Panel @ Zoom
Feb 4 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

The Robson Hall Mental Health Group is hosting a Mental Health Court Speakers’ Panel on Friday, Feb. 4 at 12pm on Zoom.

Please contact Jack Powles for more information.